Oral Answers to Questions — World Health Organisation (Unpaid Contributions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South 12:00 am, 3rd May 1954

asked the Minister of Health how many countries have not yet paid their contribution to the World Health Organisation; and what is the amount by which they are in default.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I understand that, at 31st March, 1954, 13 countries who are active members of the World Health Organisation had not paid their contributions for 1953 and two countries had paid only part of their contributions; some of these countries had not paid all their contributions in respect of earlier years. The total amount outstanding from these countries was 940,549 dollars of which 376,259 dollars related to 1953.

Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South

Do countries that do not pay their subscriptions get the benefit of the Organisation?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

It is a rather complicated question. The countries referred to in my answer are active countries in the ordinary sense of the word in that they have not withdrawn, as some of the Communist countries have done. They have not forfeited any privileges as a result.

Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Gravesend

Since the amount outstanding is only 3½ per cent. of the budget, is it really disgraceful when judged by the general standards that are applicable to international organisations?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I am sorry; I do not understand the hon. Member's point. Is he suggesting that we should pay the deficient contributions of 13 other countries?

Photo of Mr Richard Acland Mr Richard Acland , Gravesend

No. I suggested that it is not a grave or disastrous situation if only 3½ per cent. is outstanding.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I did not say that it was.